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      Grace Byers

      Grace Byers

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      Birthday: Jul 26, 1984

      Birthplace: Butler, Pennsylvania, USA

      Grace Gealey was an American actress who became a breakout star in 2015 for her role as Anika Calhoun on Fox's music drama "Empire" (Fox, 2014- ). Despite being born in Pennsylvania, Gealey moved with her parents to the Cayman Islands, where she would stay throughout the remainder of her formative years. Having always nurtured a desire for performance, Gealey moved back to the States at the age of 18 to enroll in the theater program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She received her Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts four years later, and soon after headed west to California to enroll in the University of California Irvine's graduate program in acting. After receiving her MFA from U.C. Irvine, Gealey relocated to New York City to became a professional stage actress. She soon started landing roles in several Off-Broadway plays like "Venus Flytrap" and "Rent." It was also during this time that Gealey started nabbing parts in nationally-aired commercials for companies like K-Mart. Gealey moved once again to Chicago to take part in that city's thriving theater scene. Despite her many successes in the theater world, however, Gealey longed to act in movies and on TV. By the mid-2010s she started auditioning for television roles, and was fortunate enough to be cast in the hit music drama "Empire" in 2014. "Empire" was Gealey's first ever screen role, and when the show debuted in the winter of 2015 it proved to be the breakout network hit of the year.

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blackening Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 45% Bent Kate (Character) - 2018

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      95% 76% Harlem Quinn (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bookmarks Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales Edie (Character) 2019
      79% 67% The Gifted Reeva Payge (Character) 2018-2019
      84% 47% Empire Anika Calhoun (Character) 2015-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015 2018
      No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 96% Whose Line Is It Anyway? Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2015